Inter coach Leonardo: Fiorentina clash is as important as Coppa Italia decider

Although the Nerazzurri's title hopes are all but dead, the coach affirmed that Sunday's meeting with La Viola was just as important as the Coppa Italia
Inter coach Leonardo insisted that his thoughts were on Sunday's Serie A clash with Fiorentina and not the club's Coppa Italia semi-final midweek, despite the fact that rivals AC Milan are likely to lift the league title this weekend.

The Rossoneri are eight points clear of their bitter city rivals with just three games to play, and a draw against Roma on Saturday will be enough to secure them their first Scudetto since 2004.

Inter's best chance of silverware this season appears to be in the Coppa, where they hold a slim 1-0 lead over Roma with the second-leg in San Siro to be played on Wednesday.

Leonardo was adamant that his team would keep up the fight against Fiorentina, and would not put out a weakened team to save their legs.

"It's all important: both league and cup, the Fiorentina match and the one against Roma. It's just a question of knowing how to prepare properly for each game separately," the Brazilian told reporters during Saturday's press conference.

"We have our goals and we haven't achieved them yet. We've had two whole weeks to work together and I don't think it will be a problem to play two games three days apart."

The Nerazzurri trainer confirmed that Wesley Sneijder would not be playing a part on Sunday, while Walter Samuel is still short of match fitness after recently resuming full training. He also stated that while Inter would be active in the summer transfer market, 2010-11's displays proved that they still have one of the strongest squads around.

"What counts is the present moment. I don't think anybody is thinking about what will happen next year. Inter have had a strong squad this season, capable of battling on all fronts," the coach insisted.

"People can say what they want but we are second in the league, we reached the Champions League quarter-finals and we're in the running to win the Coppa Italia. If you take everything into consideration, Inter are among the most consistent and successful teams in Europe this year."

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